Public Engagement

This page is used to gather public feedback, views, and opinions on different ideas and proposals within the community.  Please see below for all current topics the Town is seeking resident involvement on.

Backyard Chickens in Residential Areas

The Town of Plympton-Wyoming is reviewing By-law provisions related to the keeping of backyard chickens in residential areas. Currently, livestock animals (including chickens) are not permitted to be kept on any residential properties in Plympton-Wyoming.

A "Backyard chicken" can be defined as a domesticated chicken that is a minimum of four (4) months old and is not located on a Farm.

 

 

Two open-houses took place in June (June 21st and 23rd) to provide residents an opportunity to:

  • ask questions they would like answered at future meetings,
  • voice concerns or support regarding the keeping of chickens in residential areas, or
  • observe to learn more about backyard chickens.

 

An information report regarding the open-houses and survey was brought to Council at the July 25th, 2022 Planning Council meeting where the following motion was passed:

'That the report by Sarah Baldwin, Senior Planner, dated July 19th, 2022 regarding Backyard Chickens: Results of Public Consultation be received, and that staff be directed to proceed with initiating a Zoning By-law Amendment, with a statutory public meeting, and a by-law permitting backyard chickens in residential zones in the Town of Plympton Wyoming would be considered.'

 

A Statutory Public Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on September 26th, 2022 for Council to consider amending provisions of the Zoning By-law that prohibit the keeping of chickens in residential areas and properties zoned Agriculture-2.

 

The agenda for the statutory public meeting can be accessed through this link. Please refer to the public meeting notice for additional information regarding the meeting and proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. 

 

If you have any questions with the above information please contact Sarah Baldwin, Senior Planner. If you wish to be included on future backyard chicken meetings, discussions, etc. please contact Ella Lassaline, Planning Technician.

 

 

Information related to the keeping of chickens in residential areas:

  • Having a chicken coop in your backyard would contribute towards your maximum lot coverage (%) and total lot coverage (m2) for accessory buildings and structures.
  • A building permit would be required for a coop that exceeded 15 m2 (162 ft2). A chicken coop would need to adhere to all applicable laws; including general zoning provisions, Ontario Building Code, and Conservation Authority approval if located in an area regulated by Ontario Regulation 171/06.
  • Close contact with backyard chickens may contribute to infectious disease transmission from birds to humans, even in the absence of illness in poultry. Avoiding close contact and practicing good hygiene may be effective in reducing the risk of transmission.
  • Livestock and poultry can attract predators such as coyotes, rats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and neighbourhood pets.
  • The sale of eggs in Ontario is governed by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. Residents would not be permitted under this act to sell ungraded eggs; they could only be produced for personal consumption.
  • Some municipalities do permit the keeping of backyard chickens, with restrictions or provisions. Some include the number of hens permitted, age of the birds, odour & noise provisions, and disposal of waste from the birds.